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Council releases Newstead park plan

Newstead Rotunda Park

Wednesday 21 June 2017

Mount Alexander Shire Council has released a landscape management plan to guide Council and the community on the management of the Rotunda Park in Newstead.

“The Rotunda Park Landscape Management Plan was developed with landscape architects following extensive community consultation,” said Jason Taylor, Director Sustainable Development, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“The plan proposes simple improvements to complement the park’s existing features, acknowledge and protect its environmental and heritage values, and improve the user experience,” said Mr Taylor.

Community consultation showed the most common reasons people visit the park are community or social gatherings, passive recreation such as walks and to experience nature.

“We heard that people love the wide open space and connection to nature yet the park facilities, and access in and around the park, could be improved,” said Mr Taylor.

Due to the close proximity to Mia Mia Creek, a Cultural Heritage Management Plan is already underway as a requirement before any works can commence.

Council’s Parks and Gardens team will soon start a number of high priority, low cost actions including the upgrade to the existing toilet block, establishing the village green, fence removal on the north and south park boundaries, and the installation of bollards along the southern boundary to define vehicle access.

The replacement of the rotunda, which was removed to protect public safety, is listed as a special high priority project to be developed in partnership with the community.

The plan is available to view or download on the Plans and strategies section of Council’s website, or in hard copy at the Civic Centre.

For more information, contact Customer Service on 5471 1700.

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